Hug by Jez Alborough. This book stars a lovable chimpanzee and is told with a handful of easy-to-sound-out words. Students can easily segment and blend the words in this book. This could be a good book for developing phonemic awareness and phonics.
Willie Perdomo may be world-renowned for his poetry, but we have a soft spot for his children's book Clemente!, a look at the life (and tragic death) of Roberto Clemente, the first Latin American player to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame.